Composición (Composition)

Benjamín Palencia

Barrax, Albacete, Spain, 1894 - Madrid, Spain, 1980
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    Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 
    57 x 78 cm
  • Category: 
    Work on paper, Drawing
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Benjamín Palencia gives his works on paper a character that is almost completely independent from his paintings, to the extent that sometimes they almost come into conflict with each other. However, paradoxically the drawings also provide a suitable complement for the paintings, anticipating them in certain cases and explaining their significance afterwards in others. The two years of 1933 and 1934 saw Palencia’s most emphatically Surrealist period, in which he created an extensive and interesting series of drawings, mostly large format in pen and ink, which includes Composición (Composition). For these drawings, Palencia’s point of departure was the world of farming or subjects linked to bullfighting, transforming the motifs into a mysterious oneiric universe of metamorphic beings, along the lines of the most authentic Surrealist visions.

Paloma Esteban Leal